News for April 2002:


LOS ANGELES--The road company of the Broadway hit THE FULL MONTY will open at the Ahmanson Theatre this month for a run through June 8. With
book by Tony Awards winner Terrence McNally and music and lyrics by
David Yazbek, the musical is directed by Jack O'Brien and choreographed
by Jerry Mitchell.

"The show is about friendship, about being a parent," said McNally. "It's also about an image obsessed society that says you have to look like Brad Pitt. This show says quite the opposite."

McNally Americanized the story (originally the basis of a British film) by moving its locale from Sheffield, England to Buffalo, New York.

THE FULL MONTY is still playing to sold-out houses on Broadway For further information call (213) 628-2772 or visit


SEATTLE, WA--Eugene O'Neill's MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA will get a rare revival at ACT April 25-May 19, starring Jane Alexander (Tony and Emmy award-winner and a four-time nominee). This new adaptation will be
directed by ACT's artistic director, Gordon Edelstein. Others in the cast include Clayton Corzatte, Liz McCarthy and Jason Cottle.

ACT's 2002 mainstage season will also offer DIRTY BLONDES by Claudia
Shear (June 6-30); YELLOWMAN starring and written by Dael Orlandersmith
(July 11-Aug. 4); WINTERTIME by Charles L. Mee (Aug. 22-Sept. 15); FUDDY MEERS by David Lindsay-Abaire (Sept. 19-Oct. 13); THE EDUCATION OF RANDY NEWMAN, words & music by Randy Newman (Oct. 24-Nov. 17); and A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
(Dec. 1-28).

Call (216) 292-7676 or visit


COSTA MESA, CA--Richard Greenburg, South Coast Rep's most produced
contemporary playwright, will have his fifth and sixth productions at South Coast Rep this year.

Opening this month is Greenburg's THE DAZZLE, a play dealing with the
real-life Collyer Brothers, New York's notorious recluses. The Second Stage production is directed by Mark Rucker and runs through April 28.

The world premiere of Greenburg's THE VIOLET HOUR will take place Nov.
5-24, inaugurating SCR's new Julianne Argyros Stage. Directed by Evan
Yionoulis, the play is set in New York City in 1918 and deals with a young man setting out in a career in publishing. Over the course of a single workday, a lifetime of personal and public decisions will affect him and a quartet of close friends.

The Argyros Stage, designed by famed architect Cesar Pelli and inspired
by theatres on Broadway and London, is the centerpiece of SCR's 38,00-square-foot expansion. For tickets and information call (714) 708-5555


LOS ANGELES-- JACK, a campy "comedy with songs" about JFK and the days of Camelot, will have its world premiere April 4-May 4 at Sacred Fools
Theatre in Hollywood. The play is written and produced by Jim Tosney,
directed by Warren Coleman, and has music & lyrics by Tom Megan.

According to its creators, JACK is "a satirical comedy, with romance,
original songs and dance that is loosely based on the real people and
events surrounding JFK's election and days in office. It is also very much a fantasy, maintaining a distance from history by eliminating all the characters' surnames and taking huge artistic license with the facts."

Coleman said, "We're not going for high camp. The characters are grounded and three-dimensional. What they do makes sense in their world...such as J. Edgar arriving at a state dinner in an evening gown."

Sacred Fools Theatre is located at 660 N. Heliotrope. Call (310)
281-8337 or visit

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